TCLIP Connects | September Events: Primary Care, Truth & Reconciliation
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Promoting welcoming communities where immigrants can fully participate and are included in their community

This newsletter connects newcomers and service providers to community resources, events and initiatives that support their inclusion and participation in the Tri-Cities.
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Truth and Reconciliation Week Events

For the week of September 27 to October 1, The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is putting on an online event in the hope of continuing the recent conversations about the truth of the Indigenous treaties, First Nation, Métis and Inuit land claims, and the residential schools system. This online event will be open to youth in Grades 5-12, at all Canadian schools, and will involve workshops, exclusive video content, and activities for students. 




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Anti-Racism Workshops





What's Up Doc? New to Canada

Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice presents a community dialogue and education series.
Ask the panel of Physicians and healthcare professionals any questions you have about "What a patient should know" and Primary Care

Tuesday, September 21 at
10:30am - 12:00pm

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Party in the Square: Celebrate Canada's Diversity

Join us for the Party in the Square Celebration of Canada's diversity in downtown Port Coquitlam on September 4th. Drop by Leigh Square from 2pm to 6pm for a celebration of Canada's diverse cultures, featuring live performances, children's activities, displays, and food and beverages. Performances include those of Indigenous hoop dancer Alex Wells, Persian music and dance, AC/DC tribute band Bonnie Scott, pop/R&B duo KokoSoul, and Afro-Cuban dance grooves with the Fito Garcia Band. All activities will comply with current orders from the Provincial Health Officer. 




Support for Afghan-Canadians and Refugees

There are two events being put on in September to offer support to Afghans, both within Canada and those making dangerous journeys as refugees. 
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) | On August 27, IRCC provided an update regarding how to sponsor family members from Afghanistan. Included in this update is information about priority processing, waiving fees and other requirements, and how they are processing existing files. 
Click here for more info. 
MOSAIC, Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) and Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST)  |  A virtual information session for the Afghan community in the Metro Vancouver area on September 1 from 6:00-8:00pm . More info here.




Active Witnessing (Bystander) Webinar

Join S.U.C.C.E.S.S's webinar to learn the tools that will equip and empower you to shift from being a passive witness to an active witness. Learn about the bystander effect, the four levels of witnessing, and effective words and actions that you can put into practice. 

Thursday, September 2. 10:00am – 12:00pm on Zoom









Virtual Conversation Circle for Newcomer Women/Womxn

TUESDAYS August 17 to December 7, 2021 1:00PM to 2:00PM | This  free, virtual conversation circle led by ISSofBC’s volunteers is open to ISSofBC Eligible clients, PR and Protected Persons who identify as immigrant/refugee women/womxn. Meet new people and connect with your community in an entertaining, online Zoom class for English learners.

For registration please contact: or 604-653-6592.

Tri-Cities Friday AM Conversation Circle

FRIDAY August 13 to December 10 2021 10AM-11AM | Connect with other newcomers and volunteers and practice your English from home! Join us on Zoom for a free, virtual conversation circle led by ISSofBC’s volunteers.

To register contact Lucy: or 604- 653-6592. 

Tri-Cities Virtual Conversation Circle (EVE)

WEDNESDAYS EVE August 18 to December 8, 2021 6:15PM-7:15PM | Connect with other newcomers and volunteers and  practice your English from home! Join us on Zoom for a free, virtual conversation circle led by ISSofBC’s volunteers.

To register contact Lucy: or 604- 653-6592.
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How to Buy a House in Canada

Friday, September 3 from 2:30-4:30pm on Zoom
This workshop, provided by ISSofBC, will outline the steps for buying your first house in Canada. It will also help you answer the following questions: 
- Is your income steady?
- What is mortgage?
- What kind of documentation will you need? 

For registration please contact :
Riyam Ziad at 604-356-7735 or

University Entrance Criteria for Immigrant Children 

Thursday, September 23 from 12:30 PM-2:30 PM on Zoom

Content covered in this session includes: general admissions criteria for ESL students, how to prepare for entrance early and how to cope with university life, and how to choose university and majors. 


Beyond Borders and Binaries

September 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | This group is designed by MOSAIC to support the unique needs of trans, non-binary, and gender diverse immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers to Canada. It will be held over Zoom and provides a safe space to share stories, feedback, and ideas about information related to transitioning, housing, employment, and experiences.

For registration email
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I Belong Peer Support

September 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm | This support group facilitated by MOSAIC is open to all LGBTQIA+ newcomers, regardless of immigration status. Join this group to learn about community resources, share experiences and information, and build up your social connections.

For registration email
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How to Manage Post-COVID Stress & Anxiety

Wednesday, September 22 from 2:30pm to 4:30 pm on Zoom

Zoom webinar hosted by ISSofBC on adjusting to the new norms of life post-COVID and understanding the impact of stress on our mental health.

For registration and getting the webinar link, please contact Mojgan at 778 284 7026 Ext: 1569 or

Translink Information Session for Newcomers

Tuesday, September 28. 7:00pm - 8:00pm. Join us to learn about updates, services and new projects from Translink. Senior Advisor from Public Affair will speak about topics, including: how to use transit wisely, useful resources, and how Translink works to keep transit safe. Click here for more information.

MOSAIC CARES Workshops (In Farsi) 

MOSAIC is offering MOSAIC CARES Weekly Wellness Group workshops every Thursday from 10:30-12:00 on Zoom to the Farsi community to  discuss a wellness topic. This group is a safe place for all Farsi/Dari community members to share, learn, and improve aspects of their wellness and everyone is welcomed!

For more information, contact Zarif Akbarian at 604-500-5614 or email









Reaching Newcomers Online: Practical workshops for starting a digital messaging service

This is a series of four free workshops, put on by the DMSI Project at Refugee 613, and is designed to take settlement practitioners through the steps of establishing digital messaging to connect the newcomers in your community with the information and services they need to thrive. It is recommended that you attend all workshops.

Workshop #1 introduces the key concepts and how they apply to your work. Click here for details and to register. 
Workshop #2 is your detailed guide to getting started. Click here for details and to register.
Workshop #3 will help you select the right platform. Click here for details and to register.
Workshop#4 will prepare you to manage a community. Click here for details and to register.
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Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Fall Course

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) | September 27 - November 8.
This course offers evidence-based information, tools and resources for service providers to provide mental health care and support to both immigrants and refugees arriving in Canada. This includes overview on the social determinants of health and its impact on mental health, the role of migration trajectories and highlights the specific needs of sub populations. For more information and registration click here.








Virtual Information Session – Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants Program

MOSAIC is offering an online program for skilled immigrants on September 16 (Thurs) from 10am to 12 pm.  Learn about practicum and employment opportunities and get access to career coaching and job search assistance, license processes, and skills upgrading. 

Care Aide Registration for IEHPs

Are you an internationally educated healthcare professional who is interested in gaining care aide registration? If so, this information session that Douglas College would be a good event to attend. Through this Zoom information session, that will be held on Thursday, September 16 from 5:00-6:00pm, you will gain exposure to the Canadian Healthcare system, immerse yourself in Canadian work culture, and better understand the scope of practice for the profession in Canada. Pathways to gaining registration, as well as the supports you can access along the way, will also be discussed. 

Education & Social Services Information Session

Are you an internationally educated trained professional from the following occupations: Social and Community Service Worker; University, College and Vocational Instructor; and Early Childhood Educator or ECE Teaching Assistant? If so, this information session that Douglas College would be a good event to attend. This Zoom information session, that will be held on Monday, September 20 from 10:00-11:00am, will provide attendees with valuable tools and resources to understand and successfully navigate the labour market to help launch their careers. Furthermore, it will provide an overview of all the specialized services available to clients. 









City of Port Coquitlam‘s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Roundtable: Call for Applications

Are you someone who wants to help eliminate discrimination and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in Port Coquitlam? For this Roundtable, the City is seeking volunteers who represent a broad range of under-served and equity-seeking groups including Indigenous, Black, people of colour, LGBT2SQ+ and gender diverse people, and immigrants and newcomers. If this sounds like something you want to do, then apply. Those interested in a one-year term may apply online at by noon Sept. 7. Previous members may also put their name forward to be considered for re-appointment. 


Federal Election Virtual Townhall

Hear from federal election candidates as they discuss topics that matter to you including:
- Racism and hate crimes
- Seniors care
- Post-pandemic economic recovery
- Immigrants and refugees
- Safe and healthy communities
- Sustainability of charitable and non-profit organizations

You can also find instructional materials about the 2021 federal election from Elections Canada. Click here for more information. 
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All Candidates Debate 

In the lead up to the Federal Election, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host two All Candidates Debates as a non-partisan organization.
Join us online on Tuesday, September 7, as the candidates present their parties' positions and answer your questions. Find out where your candidates' values are, where they stand, and make an informed decision.

Coquitlam - Port Coquitlam
Tuesday, September 7
5:30PM - 6:45PM
Learn More

Port Moody - Coquitlam
Tuesday, September 7
7:30PM - 8:45PM
Learn More 

Reforming the Police Act

The Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act has opened the next phase of their consultation and is accepting input from individuals about their experiences and perspectives with respect to policing and public safety in BC.  British Columbians can share their input by completing a survey. The survey will remain open until Friday, September 3 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)








Illuminating and mitigating the evolving impacts of COVID-19 on ethnocultural communities: a participatory action mixed-methods study 

Perspectives of service agencies on factors
influencing immigrants’ mental health in Alberta, Canada

Actions needed to promote health equity and the mental health of Canada’s Black refugees

Knowledge Synthesis Report on
Canada's Racialized Immigrant Women and the Labour Market 

Engaging Immigrant and Racialized Communities in Community-Based Participatory Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities

Will hate crimes make Canada a less attractive destination for immigrants?

For additional immigrant and settlement related resources, visit our website




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